"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
The evolution of three pragmatic markers: As it were, so to speak/say and if you like Claudia Claridge 161 – 184
A defence of the focus hypothesis concerning Late Medieval Greek object clitic pronouns: A case study of light verbs in the Chronicle of Morea Jorie Soltic 185 – 209
Have you seen what I mean?: From verbal constructions to discourse markers Catherine Bolly and Liesbeth Degand 210 – 235
Courtroom interaction between 1760 and 1860: On defendants taking (re)initiating moves Esperanza Rama-Martínez 236 – 262
Pray in Early Modern English drama Ursula Lutzky and Jane Demmen 263 – 284
Formulae and performativity in Middle English documents Tanja Rütten 285 – 304
Merja Kytö, Peter J. Grund and Terry Walker. Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England Reviewed by Magdalena Leitner 305 – 309
Martin Conboy. The Language of Newspapers. Socio-Historical Perspectives. Reviewed by Birte Bös 310 – 315
Irma Taavitsainen and Päivi Pahta (eds.). Early Modern English Medical Texts. Corpus Description and Studies. Reviewed by Thomas Kohnen 316 – 320
Herbert Schendl and Laura Wright (eds.). Code-Switching in Early English. (Topics in English Linguistics 76.) Reviewed by Alpo Honkapohja 321 – 327
Barbara Wehr and Frédéric Nicolosi (eds.). Pragmatique historique et syntaxe. Historische Pragmatik und Syntax. Actes de la section du même nom du XXXIe Romanistentag allemand Reviewed by Juhani Härmä and Elina Suomela-Härmä 328 – 333